POLL: What classic film do you simply not get?

By that, I don’t mean a well-regarded film that simply doesn’t do it for you. I mean a film you watch and truly do not understand how it achieved the rank of a classic. My own choice probably has to be Casablanca. It’s a well-done romantic melodrama, no doubt about it, and I can see why it…

BRIDGE OF SPIES and THE MARTIAN Review – ****½

I opted to review these films together because each is a little miracle; each represents the best effort in a long while from a director who seemed to have left his best days behind him. The Martian is the greater triumph in that respect–I’m not a big fan of Lincoln or Tintin (War Horse is pending further review), but they’re a…

DANCIN’ – IT’S ON! Review – Utter Shite

This is shaping up to be a year of superlatives. Mad Max: Fury Road is the best new film I’ve seen since beginning this blog, and any film which tops it will inherit that title. And Dancin’ – It’s On! is, by a mile, the worst, and any film which somehow sinks beneath it will likewise take the…

SPECTRE Review – ****

On its own, I can’t argue that Spectre is the weakest of Daniel Craig’s outings as 007; it’s entertaining and, at times, quite stylish…but it’s also overlong, a bit short on humor, and seems to waste as many opportunities as it seizes upon. But taken as the final (?) chapter of its own mini-saga within the greater…

British Independent Film Awards Nominees (2015)

I reviewed the BIFA nominees last year, and since we haven’t yet got into the thick of the season, I’m damn sure gonna review them! Unlike last year, I haven’t seen most of the films in contention–but many of them are among my most anticipated films of the year.